Today we went to the science lab for the first time this year. We had so much fun learning about matter in our discovery centers. The class made predictions about solids, liquids, and gases after listening to a book on matter. Here are some pictures from our visit. Please ask your child to tell you about what happened in each center.
Don't forget that we'll be having our Georgia regions and rivers test on Friday. Next week is our fall break. There will not be any school. Have fun!
This week's super star writers are: Sophia, Finnley, and Andrew. We were so impressed with their starting sentences. They really grabbed us!
We focused on the Piedmont region today. Ask your child what they remember from our discussion. Some talking points about this region are: most people, factories, largest lake in the state (Lake Lanier), bedrock (Stone Mountain), capital of Georgia is here (Atlanta), and name means foot of the mountains.
Tomorrow is picture day!
Performing Arts permission slips are due tomorrow!
If you haven't given me your child's t-shirt size, please send it in tomorrow.
We have been working on rules and symbols of editing. Today we learned about the caret and how to use it when we need to add something to a sentence. We went through the response journal looking for basic sentences that needed a little extra added to them.
This week we've also been working on stretching out basic sentences by adding: describing words, places, and when. For example we started with the basic sentence: A pig ate. We expanded it to: A greedy pig ate near the barn at twilight.
Today's region in our discussion of Georgia was the Blue Ridge Mountain Region. Please talk with your child about this area of Georgia. We've learned many interesting facts. Here are some key words or phrases that might spark your child's knowledge of this region: Brasstown Bald, gold, white water rafting, and Appalachian Trail.
I'm thrilled to be able to say that everyone in our class has taken at least one A.R. test, YEAH! Please continue to encourage A.R. reading at home. I can't believe how many have set specific goals such as doubling the required A.R. and being in the top 5. Way to go second graders!
Today Mrs. Kenworthy read our class my favorite Kevin Henkes book, Chrysanthemum. It has such a wonderful message as well as very vivid vocabulary. I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did!
Don't forget that performing arts permission slips are due this Friday. They went home 2 weeks ago, if you cannot find yours please let me know tomorrow.
This Friday is BINGO night at Garrison Mill. It begins at 6:00. Hope you are feeling lucky!
I can tell who has been practicing their facts! Keep up the great work!
The children will be receiving t-shirts at the end of the school year for a health program we'll be participating in. I need you to write your child's t-shirt size on his/her assignment sheet next to your signature. Remember that this is for the end of the year so if you expect your child to grow a lot, please account for this. I need your child's size by Thursday.
Friday is picture day. Order forms will be sent home tomorrow.
I sent home next week's words today so that if your child chooses to do spellingcity it's available. Since there's no school on Monday, there's no Monday night homework. Extra credit will be given to anyone who completes Monday's homework.
SUPER STAR WRITER: Thank you to Trey for letting me share is personal story today. He did such an amazing job. It had a clear, beginning, middle, and end as well as incredible word choice.
I sent home A.R. reports today. These reports were run yesterday after school. I circled the total amount of points earned by your child as well as stating how many more points are needed. The 5 points for this quarter are due on October 10th. Everyone who has earned the required points will participate in a grade level celebration. In addition to the celebration I will award the top five point earners a special prize. The top 5 on October 10th will receive their prizes at the celebration. Here is our current top 5. The number 6, 7, and 8 spots were only .2, .3, and .4 points away from number 5. Keep reading!
Book buddies is tomorrow. If your child would feel more comfortable reading books that are familiar and have been practiced, please make sure these books are brought to school every other Thursday.
Behavior Sheets: I had a DETAILED meeting with the class today about behavior. I've noticed that I keep reminding the same students about their hallway and carpet behaviors. I cannot continue with these reminders as we've been in school a month. I told the class that I will begin marking sheets when these rules are broken starting tomorrow. I think some of us have just created bad habits in these areas and I feel as though marking the sheet and talking about it at home will correct the negative habits developed. I reminded the class the hall rules are for safety and respect of nearby learners and that the carpet rules show respect for me and peers. Please reinforce this class discussion at home.
Today's region lesson was on the green area, the Ridge and Valley region. We learned about what crops are grown here, that Sequoyah taught the Cherokee leaders here, Indian mounds can be found in New Echota, as well as many other interesting facts. Please encourage your child to share about the regions. This will enforce their knowledge from the day. I was SUPER impressed with how many said they told their parents all about the Appalachian Plateau.
Today we learned the difference between common and proper nouns. We made a great list for each! Our "writer's eyes" are looking for capitals on proper nouns, "I" standing alone, and beginning of sentences.